Monday , May , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Magic to give Brian Hill a second chance

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic will reportedly name New
Jersey Nets assistant Brian Hill as their new head coach, possibly as early as

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Hill, who held the same position with the
Magic from 1993 to 1997, was hired to replace interim Chris Jent in favor of
Flip Saunders and Eric Musselman.

In three-plus years at the helm in Orlando, Hill posted a 191-104 mark before
being replaced by Richie Adubato on February 18, 1997, mainly due to a player

Hill had guided Orlando to the 1995 NBA Finals after a 60-22 campaign, but the
Magic were swept in four games by the Houston Rockets.

Johnny Davis was fired with 18 games left last season and replaced on interim
basis by Jent, who was notified last week that the team was going in another
direction with the coaching search.

The Magic finished 36-46 last season and have missed the playoffs the last two

In other news for Orlando on Monday, the team announced that general
manager/chief operating officer John Weisbrod has stepped down from his
position to pursue an opportunity in hockey.